Landlords could face fines of up to £5,000 if they ignore tenant complaints about damp and mould.
Mould and condensation are a prevalent winter problem in the UK and are caused by warm moist air generated in areas such as kitchen and bathrooms penetrating colder parts of the property.
The problems associated with damp and mould are made worse by lack of ventilation and poor building maintenance.
Mould spores can pose a health risk to occupants, causing problems such as infections, asthma, allergies and sinusitis.
The best way to ensure the control of mould in buildings is to carry out good building maintenance and check there is adequate ventilation.
Last year Lambeth Council were fined £1,335 for ignoring a problem with damp at one of its properties and subsequently breaching the environmental protection act. They were also ordered to pay £500 compensation to the tenant and ordered to carry out urgent repairs to alleviate the problem.
Bathrooms and kitchens should also be well ventilated by installing extractor fans and ensuring that there windows that can be easily opened.
Landlords and/or agents should check for regularly for leaks that may be causing damp, inside and outside the property.
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